Financial Aid

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Virtually Everyone Qualifies for Aid

If you need money to attend OCC, you’re almost certain to qualify for financial aid. That’s true no matter what your income may be.

Why do you qualify? Because you deserve to. That’s the bottom line after you strip away all the federal laws and formulas that govern most financial aid.

You deserve financial aid for taking the initiative to attend college. You deserve the opportunity to succeed, to prosper, and to have your Excellence Empowered. That’s exactly what you’re doing when you seek a degree or certificate at OCC.

Financial aid isn’t “free” money. You have to work for it – just like you would at a job – by attending classes, doing the work, and getting good grades. And just like with a job, if you don’t do what’s required, the money ends.

Most financial aid goes to students with financial need as defined by the federal government. But even if you don’t qualify for need-based aid, you’re eligible for a federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You have to pay the money back, but the interest rate and repayment terms are usually much better than with private loans. You also may be eligible for a variety of scholarships.

Types of Financial Aid 

As an OCC student, you’re potentially eligible for four types of financial aid:

Eligible students can receive financial aid for fall, winter, and summer semesters. Attending school in the summer can help you get your degree faster.

OCC also participates in educational benefit programs for veterans.

How can I pay for college?

How to Qualify for Financial Aid

To qualify for most financial aid, you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA. We provide a checklist of other steps you need to take.

The federal government, which supplies most money for financial aid, has established some eligibility requirements. One says you must make Satisfactory Academic Progress, which shouldn’t be a problem as long as you attend your classes and do the work.

What happens after you submit your FAFSA? Find out in How We Calculate Your Financial Aid and How We Deliver Your Financial Aid.

Contact Us Before Dropping a Class

If you receive financial aid and you’re thinking about dropping a class or leaving school entirely, talk with us at the Financial Aid office first. Changing your enrollment status may harm your current and future eligibility for financial aid. In some circumstances, you have to pay back financial aid that you’ve received. We can explain the consequences of dropping a class or leaving school so you can make an informed decision.

If you want to drop a class because you’re not doing well, a better option is to get tutoring or supplemental instruction at OCC’s Academic Support Center. Tutoring and supplemental instruction are available in person at all five OCC campuses and online. All services are free. 

Big changes are coming to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application for the upcoming 2024-2025 aid year!

Check out our 2024 - 2025 FAFSA resource page to find out what you need to know and prepare for these upcoming changes.
Did you Know?

How to Learn More About Financial Aid

At OCC’s Financial Aid office, we’re always happy to answer your questions. Our pages here answer most questions, and there are many ways to contact us if you need further assistance.

Here are a few other great sources for financial aid information:

  • The office of Federal Student Aid has excellent publications, videos, forms, worksheets, webinars, and other tools.
  • You can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center, which is operated by the U.S. Department of Education, at (800) 433-3243. The center also offers live chat and email options.
  • MI Student Aid from the Michigan Department of the Treasury offers information about state financial aid programs. It also has webinars about financial aid, a scholarship search engine based on where you live, numerous publications, and more. You can call MI Student Aid with questions at (888) 447-2687 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.



  • Check your OCC email regularly, even if you leave school. It’s the main method the Financial Aid office uses to communicate with you.
  • To get the latest news about financial aid, check the Financial Aid News & Announcement page. 
  • If you want the Financial Aid office to discuss your financial aid application with your spouse, parents, or others, you must fill out a proxy authorization. To access the form, log into MyOCC, click on the Financial Aid card, click on your student name in the top-right, and choose View/Add Proxy Access from the pull-down menu.
  • If your financial situation changes, contact us at the Financial Aid office to see if we’re able to increase your aid. You must have compelling reasons and documentation to support any adjustment.
  • If you receive a scholarship or other funds from an outside agency, you must inform OCC’s Financial Aid office so we can coordinate your aid.
  • Guest students, high school dual-enrolled students, and students who aren’t seeking a degree or certificate aren’t eligible for financial aid. Guest students may be eligible for state aid. 
  • Your financial aid doesn’t automatically renew. You must fill out a new FAFSA each year you’re in school.
  • If you submit fraudulent data on your FAFSA, we’ll refer your case to the U.S. Department of Education for possible prosecution.
  • Be sure you understand your rights and responsibilities as a financial aid recipient.